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Young Carer Grant

The Young Carer Grant was introduced on 21 October 2019.  Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment worth £326.65 in 2022 for young carers who live in Scotland

You can get Young Carer Grant if all of these apply:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you're 16, 17 or 18 years old
  • you've been caring for one or more people for around 16 hours a week, for the last 3 months.  Caring can include supporting either the physical or mental health and wellbeing of someone (or both). 
  • the person or people you care for are getting certain benefits
  • you're not already getting Carer's Allowance

The person or people you care for must have been getting one or more of these benefits for at least the last 3 months:

  • the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • the middle or highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), including Child Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance

Social Security Scotland have put together information and examples of what a young carer is to help you see if you or someone you know might qualify for the Young Carer Grant.  You can find these by clicking here

Applying for the Young Carer Grant

You can apply:

  • online
  • by phone on 0800 182 2222
  • if you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.
  • by filling out a paper form

Find out all you need to know about the Young Carer Grant on 

Note: If you could not apply before your 19th birthday due to the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still apply. Your application will be viewed as being made on time.

Other support for young carers

The support also includes a young carer element to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card and, in 2021/22, concessionary bus travel. You can find out more here.


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